Looking for vegan Instant Pot recipes? This collection of recipes from around the web has delicious options for main dishes, sides, soups, dessert, and more! All oil free, plant based, and many of them gluten free!
What is an Instant Pot?
An Instant pot is a multi function cooker that saves energy and time in your kitchen. My Instant Pot is one of the first models the company sold, and has settings for:
Newer models have settings for yogurt, cake, eggs, and sous vide.
Many people are nervous about cooking with a pressure cooker because of horror stories they’ve heard of (or maybe experienced themselves) of pressure cookers exploding. Instant Pot has several built in safety features that prevent this from happening. You can put your ingredients in the pot, set it to cook, and walk away until it is done!
In addition to being safe to use, they cook foods quickly and with much less power than cooking on the stove top. And, they don’t heat up the kitchen in the summer time!
Which Instant Pot should I buy?
Instant pots come in a few different sizes. The 6 quart Instant Pots are the most common, and that is the size that I use. Most recipes published online and in cookbooks are developed for this size pot.
There are 3 quart Instant Pots designed for smaller batches of cooking. If you purchase a 3 quart pot, you will probably have to cut most recipes in half to fit in the pot. I don’t recommend getting the 3 quart as your main Instant Pot. They are handy, however if you are traveling or living in a dorm room. They are also useful as a second pot for tasks like cooking rice while your main dish is cooking in the larger pot.
The company now also makes 8 quart Instant Pots. This could be useful if you have a very large family.
What do vegans cook in Instant Pots?
Instant pots make meal prep quick and easy! You can make big batches of grains and beans (without soaking!) and eat them throughout the week, or store them in the freezer. Then use them in soups, stews, casseroles, salads, and bowls.
Soups, stews, and chili are favorites and cook much quicker in the Instant Pot. You can steam veggies, make seitan, cook pasta, make desserts, and with some models make yogurt.
I’ve gathered together some of my own favorite vegan Instant Pot recipes, along with some that I’ve gathered from around the web. They are all oil free and many are gluten free. You’re sure to find some recipes listed here that you’ll love!
It's hard to believe that this Potato Kale soup is free of dairy and oil! It's so creamy and delicious! Cashews are added for extra creaminess, but the soup is just as delicious without them if you're avoiding nuts.
This easy Vegan Lentil Soup is chock full of wholesome ingredients and can be on the table in about 30-minutes. It’s a one-pot meal, so clean-up is a breeze! I’ve included directions for cooking on the stovetop, Instant Pot, and crockpot.
Instant Pot Spicy Thai Noodle Bowl -The easiest noodle recipe ever! A quick recipe for flavorful Asia inspired noodle made right in the instant pot. You can get a family favorite meal on the table even faster on busy nights! Leftovers are yummy, hot or cold!
This Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup Recipe is delectably spicy, tangy and salty. It is vegan, gluten free, oil free and made with simple ingredients. It’s a one pot, easy and warm bowl of deliciousness that can be enjoyed all year round. It has a nice authentic and comforting Thai flavor.
This Instant Pot Chana Masala is super comforting and filled with Indian flavors simmered in a tomato based sauce. It’s incredibly healthy and really easy to make using only your Instant Pot/pressure cooker.
This Instant Pot Coconut Rice is absolutely oil free and high in fiber since I made it with brown rice. It pairs well with almost any entrée or can be eaten as is. Along with being vegan it is gluten free and has a delicious blend of flavors.
This Instant Pot Lentil Quinoa soup is incredibly comforting and filling! Added bonus is that this vegan lentil soup recipe is a ‘dump and go' one pot recipe. Simple ingredients and big flavors make it perfect weeknight dinner recipe.
Rich and creamy Rice Pudding with mango is our dessert of the day. Here are simple directions with step-by-step pictures for simple comfort food that will soon become your favorite option for a quick dessert!
If you try some of these recipes, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.
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